Remember when Camille shared her newly-spruced up business cards last week? Well, since you were all so curious to find out how we gilded the edges of the cards (and since we’re feeling so professional today, anyway), we thought this would be the perfect time to show you the step-by-step. After trial and error with acrylic paint and even a stamp pad, our trusty gold spray paint proved itself superior once again, making the project surprisingly simple. Follow the jump for the full instructional, and be sure to show us your revamped business cards!

  • business cards
  • spray paint
  • heavy rock
  1. Stack business cards as perfectly as possible, and weigh down with a heavy rock. If you don’t want to compromise the top card, cover with paper.
  2. Spray all four sides of stack gold and allow to dry for three minutes… that’s it!

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  1. 1
    delia January 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Love the business cards and guilding technique 🙂


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    Amy January 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Very creative and unique! I’m sure they’re even prettier in person.

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    Kendra January 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Wow! I thought this was going to be a much more difficult project! I definitely need to try this out. Your cards look so professional and stylish, I can’t believe you did them yourself 🙂 Nice work.


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    clairezinnecker January 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Everything is better with a little gold! Love this, Chanel!! Can’t wait to try it myself.

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    Dana January 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Gorgeous! The gold just makes them!

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    erin | houseofearnest January 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    LOVE this! I used up all of my old cards and I’m so excited to get some new ones and do this to them.

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    Kasey January 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Ohh I am so glad you posted this and I am SO excited to try this at home!

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    Courtney {pizzazzerie} January 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    This is amazing!

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    Kristin @ Sensibly Selfish January 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    This is absolutely genius! I never would have thought of doing that myself!

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    tae January 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    do you think this would only work on thick card stock? or would regular weight business cards still show the gilded edges? I have these business cards in purple:

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    Rebecca January 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    absolutely love this idea and so easy // you are fab!

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    (The Design Daredevil) Jessie D. Miller January 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I can’t wait to do this on my next batch of cards….could have saved a lit of cash!

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    Women Are Gamechangers January 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Interesting idea. Never thought about the edges being a different color from the rest of the card.

  14. 14
    Jessica January 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Super pretty! Beautiful with minimal effort, thanks for sharing!

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    Amanda January 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Such a great idea! I wanted to add gold to my cards, but was told it’s more expensive. This is a much more economical way of doing it!

    Amanda S.

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    Serena January 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this tutorial! I can’t believe it’s SO easy – amazing.

    • Camille Styles January 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Serena…we knew y’all would be surprised with how VERY easy this one is. And saves you lots of $$$!

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    Chantel January 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Can’t wait to try this out! My current cards are running low, it’s time to spruce them up!

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    Victoria Fisher January 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Love this idea and love your blog

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    natalie @ The SoHo January 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    So easy, but so unique! I love this look.

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    Gaby [The Vault Files] January 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I fell in love with these the moment I saw them and it never occurred to me to just spray them! Thanks so much for sharing, sooo easy and so chic!

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    Annabelle January 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I’m impressed that worked so well — I would have expected you’d have to do something more involved!

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    Supal {chevrons and éclairs} January 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    You think Dept of State will mind if I pretty my business cards like this?! These are beautiful!

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    Mandy January 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Oh my gosh! These are awesome. I tried to do similar with a gold ink pad a few months ago and it didn’t end up looking so hot. Can’t wait to try this over the weekend!

    The Klury Report & Kini Style

    • Camille Styles January 26, 2012 at 7:25 am

      We tried it that way first too, and the lines bled a tiny bit onto the cards. I love how clean it comes out with the spray paint!

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    Joan January 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I just received new cards in the mail and I think I will try this technique. I can’t believe it is so simple!

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    Emily January 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

    These are so beautiful, and so easy!

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    Alicia C. January 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Great idea! I could even see doing this with other cool colors like neons! Super easy, I may try when my new cards come in. Thanks for sharing, Camille.

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    jessica January 26, 2012 at 9:09 am

    These are beautiful! I am going to have to try this on my cards.

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    Danielle of Decor & Dior January 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Camille! Great idea, love it! Two questions, because I have tried something similar before and failed 🙁 #1 how do you prevent the cards from sticking together when dried and #2 how do you prevent the color from bleeding? I tried this, but not with spray paint, and the paper just absorbed the paint so well, it bled half way through the card!

    • Chanel Dror January 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Danielle, so glad you love it! We had the same issues when we tried this with other types of paint. But once we used the spray paint, the cards were easy to separate and the paint didn’t bleed. Make sure you have a heavy enough weight on top of the stack so that it compresses the cards, thus keeping the spray paint from getting anywhere but the edges. Hope this helps – be sure to let us know how it turns out 🙂

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    Maddy @ Somewhere Splendid January 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Lovely, Camille! Gotham + Gold = Super Yummy!

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    Chic Coles January 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Gorgeous! I need some professional business cards first so I can do this to them!

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    rachael adele // for the love of design January 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

    i’ve been too much of a wimp to try this technique, but i love the way it so much! if you don’t mind me asking, what kind of paper was used? and do you think it would work on a thick cardstock?

    • Camille Styles January 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Absolutely! I’m not sure the exact weight of my cards, but they’re a very thick stock!

    • Chanel Dror January 27, 2012 at 9:37 am

      We used heavy business cards. It will totally work on any dense stack of paper, but remember that because the edges on cardstock are thinner, the pop of color won’t be as noticeable or striking. Thanks & good luck!!

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    Sandra Downie January 28, 2012 at 6:14 am

    So pretty and easy!

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    Barbara January 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Your cards look great! Love how this little detail makes such a big impact. Thanks for sharing your DIY tips.

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    Jolie Goodnight January 30, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Um, this is one of the smartest things I’ve seen in a long time. It’s so perfect, so easy, and such a great idea!

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    Erica Johsnon February 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I have a marriage coaching business and I love this idea because it can a that special touch to my business image!

    Love it!!!!! 🙂

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    Kristy February 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    What a great idea. And even greater that you shared it with all of us 🙂
    Thank you.

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    megan April 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve tried doing this, and they look great, but once handled the gold spray paint falls off in flakes. Any suggestions?

    • Chanel Dror April 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Hmmm… I can’t imagine why that would be. My only guesses would be that it’s because of the type of paper your cards are made of (are they glossy?) or perhaps the spray paint was on too thick?

      Let us know if you figure it out!

    • Camille Styles April 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Megan – that’s so weird! ALL my business cards have the gilded edges and I haven’t experienced any flakes! What kind of spray paint did you use?

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    Amit June 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Are you spraying vertically down along the edges so the paint doesn’t accidentally seep through on to the cards?

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    Louise June 25, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Love this DIY! Found you gals through Supal’s blog, and this is such an ingenious idea! Great idea! Can’t wait to try this when I get my business cards =)

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    fai September 1, 2012 at 9:49 am

    love this! will definitely give it a try 🙂

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    Whitney September 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I tried this, but apparently my rock wasn’t heavy enough and I ended up ruining all of my business cards. 🙁 I’m thinking of using my husband’s $2 bar clamp next time, to make sure there’s enough pressure on the cards. Yours look great, hopefully mine come out closer to them time!

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    Wendy December 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Could you do this with colored spray paint. I would like to do with pink and see what happens.

    • Camille Styles December 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Yes, that would look amazing!! Please send us pics of how it turns out! 🙂

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    Megan (Honey We're Home) December 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Oh now that is just genius! So glam!

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    Clarissa Nicole February 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I just did this and it’s kind of a fail for me. Maybe because the rock wasn’t heavy enough? Idk, but I don’t want to compromise anymore cards. 🙁

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    Phoebe July 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    love this idea!! so chic 🙂
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  46. 46
    Rose Lindo September 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

    THANK YOU for sharing! Just finished my first round of edgy gold cards:

  47. 47
    Lia July 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I am inspired! Thank you for the tutorial 🙂

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    dana January 28, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Did this but the spray paint still seeped through and bled a bit o n the edges can you post a close up of your edges?

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    Sonka December 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for good idea, my second attempt was successful. All you need is to thoroughly press the cards.

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    Patti Ann January 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Love this idea! Really adds a special touch to business cards



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